We Are Not Even Aware

From time to time the magnitude of our losses overtakes me. The losses I speak of are social and cultural. They are the losses of being sensible, sensitive, connected to nature and connected to each other. It is often through the view of an outsider's work when I am struck by the extreme distance and dissonance that we, as Afrikans, have with our own selves, our own people, our own homeland. Why is it that we do not see or look for us with love in our eyes...

Our History Month?

https://youtu.be/FpQADS0sgpQ Over the years, I have been assuming that you have been studying our history and culture so that you can be a conduit for a new future for our people. Recent events have brought that assumption (you know what is said about assumptions) into question. I have been posed with phrases like "quality time" and "child might be bored" from people that I thought would have progressed farther than that. It concerns me. I have always t...

Conservation or Waste Not Want Not

The background story. I drove to go to the Caye. At 8:00 pm, I am told the ship is cancelled for tomorrow. I have to stay overnight so the next day, I make my way home. It is 3:00 in the afternoon. I have not eaten since breakfast. I don't want to cook. I am deeply disturbed by the cancellations of two days, not so much for myself but for the hundreds of people who will not get paid anything for those two days. My mind wanders to going somewhere to eat but...

On the Issue of Protocol

Recently there have been tests of Protocol that admittedly set me unbalanced. I am re-balanced now and know that it is time to revisit protocol and ask again that you consider this at the deepest level that you can. After you read this, please pose a question in the comments section that will encourage every reader to go deeper on the subject. The question should be a reflection of where you see yourself at this moment and where this challenges you to go n...

Putting an End Cap on Reciprocity (for now)

It seems that people have a great deal of difficulty dealing with reciprocity over long distances. This is despite the fact that many Ilé have long distance components. Our Ilé has always been a "cyber" Ilé but what I notice is that although people spend inordinate amounts of time in the technical world, our humanity has not evolved to make the technical leap to truly connect with each other. I am moving away from the discussion on reciprocity now wi...

Coming to Terms with Reciprocity

We had the occasion to really study reciprocity in depth during the annual gathering of the Ilè. First of all, let's look at the personal. Reciprocity is not merely giving and taking. There is a flow and energy is created by that flow. When you have committed to a group of people and you are not there, it is a tear in the flow. If you do not value your worth in a process. If you can equate your worth to dollar terms, then you have no understanding of ...

Change Your Mind, Pt. 2

Back in the 60's and 70's with mounting pressure on christian churches to speak to their centuries-old participation in the plight of Afrikan people "discovered" that in an earlier version of the bible, jesus was described as having wooly hair. Pictures of Michaelangelo's christ were removed and replaced with a black christ in some Black churches. This was designed to hold black churchgoers in place, satisfied with relevance of christianity. This contribut...

Don’t Change Your Name, Change Your Mind, Pt. 1

The voice of Oya came in the winds of the hurricane. At the Ile, what needed to fall, fell. What needs to be cut and removed is permanently bent, bowing to the Earth in homage. What was flexible enough to bend and not break will rise again when the weight of the water departs. All has been cleaned. The dust of the long, hot dry period, a distant memory. 3:00 in the morning, the howls and roars of the winds from the Orisa of Change/transformation reminde...